Uyuni salt flats

Trip Start Jan 18, 2011
Trip End Jan 18, 2012

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hello everyone ,

We arrived in Uyuni saturday night at 12.30 on a train from Tupiza it took 8 hours. We were told not to get the bus because of the bad roads ,so we had to wait till saturday evening  to get the train. We had no hotel booked when we arrived so we taught we could of been sleeping out with the homeless. Luckily enough we found a nice hotel were caroline had recommended on our lonely planet book (our BIBLE) called hotel avenida , which was pretty nice  , it was basic and clean. We woke up early the next day to book our one day tour to see the slat flats. 120bolivians(12euro) is all that it costed , meal included at the salt hotel. Off we went on a 4x4 with four people from Japan , they were really nice and could speak basic english.

We then continued on to the highlight of the trip...the salt flats.

We had fantastic weather which made the picture taking super fun.

Our first stop was a "train graveyard" down the road; as the name suggests, it was a site full of rusty trains. I immediately seized the opportunity to climb the first train I saw, and was soon posing for a photo.

.  The skies are clear, the sun bright and we sat somewhere near 3,600m above sea level.  It will only get stronger as we head into the desert.

After this we headed off for the Salt Flats.

From the train graveyard, we have a relatively short drive to the edge of the key attractionš The Salar de Uyuni or Salt Flats.  These are an amazing sight to see - you have to google them to appreciate in part what they look likeš Huge - endless looking sheets of crusted salt in pure bright white hexagon slabs.  They are amazing - stunningly beautiful. We drove across these flats, stopping to take photos of the piles of harvested salt.

Until you've actually been there you really can't appreciate how wonderful and surreal the Salt Flats are. With mountains on the horizon we blazed across a vast expanse of what at first you'd assume was sand but is in fact salt from a massive prehistoric lake that once covered the area. Really cool. Numerous other tours were running alongside ours, so we were never alone and usually there were a good four or five other 4x4s within sight.

An hour or so later we arrived at a Salt Hotel in the middle of nowhere. It was quite an odd structure, – as the name suggests – out of salt. The floors were covered by a carpet of loose salt chips, and all of the walls were made from large blocks of salt, as were the tables and chairs in the main restaurant area. 

 When we arrived back to uyuni we booked our bus tour to La Paz. Which i later found out was going to be the worst bus journey of my life. We left at 8pm and arrived at 6.30 am. I had altitude sickness the whole journey so i could not sleep because of it. The roads were horrendous , it was like being on a bouncing castle the entire trip , if only i had a sleeping pill..

Anyways chat later , please leave a comment or two.

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